Homeless Turkish Snails To Europe

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Snails do not attract Turkish people’s attention in spite of all their cuteness. Most people even can’t stand seeing these little lovely animals, they find them disgusting especially because of the bright trail they leave behind. Snails are not worth a bean in Turkey and people just ignore them when they see any in their yards. So it is absolutely weird to eat snails for Turks. However, I find them pretty adorable, they are like creatures from fairy tales. I’ve never tried cooking or eating snails as it is not a part of our cuisine. I am curious about its dishes, though. Maybe I can try one day.

Turkish people will most probably change their attitude in the future. It is reported that Sasu Water and Agricultural Prodcuts Incorporation, working in Adana (a big city on the south of Turkey) has been picking snails when they increase in big amounts in nature just after rain and they export them all to Europe after processing. The chairman of this company, Alican Yamanyilmaz says that  there is no role of snail in Turkish cuisine, but their company contributes to country economy with these little animals.

Yamanyilmaz states that due to their high cost, snails are served in luxurious restaurants and they export more than half of their products every year before Christmas. He expressed that they started to export snails with the high demand especially from France and some other Europe countries especially before Christmas. He says that besides Adana, they process snails at their association in Yalova and Bandirma and they have had a demand of 1 million snails until now. He claims that the average number of snails they export is about 1,5 million. He also adds that Turkey is the biggest snail exporter in Europe with an exportation of about 200 million snails.

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How Are Snails Processed?

The chairman Yamanyilmaz says that they first remove the animals from their shells, boil them in wine and spices for 3 hours, put them back into their shells, coat them with a sauce of butter, black pepper, parsley and garlic, and then package them. There are 12 stuffed snails weighing 20 grams in a package.

Do you cook snails? I will be glad to hear the recipe of your favorite snail dish, please feel free to share.

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Comments

  1. says

    Interesting to know that so many snails come from Turkey. I’ve never cooked or even eaten snails, but I think I’d really like the garlicy butter sauce!

  2. says

    I love snails! In Crete, traditionally they’re a wild food that the poor gather from the land, and their flavour isn’t hidden in heavy buttery, garlicky sauces. If you want the opinion of an expert, ask Maria V. from the blog “Organically Cooked” – she’s from the same area as my dad, and although I’ve never cooked them, I know she does.

  3. says

    I have eaten snails, but have never cooked them, though with the product Yamanyilmaz is selling there is no need, and the preparation of snails prior to their becoming escargot would be at least a week long process. I have eaten snails in the garlic-butter sauce and a light tomato sauce, I prefer the garlic -butter. The snails themselves are, in my opinion, little more than a vehicle for the sauce, their main contributions are the sauce and chewiness. Most recipes advise the cook to serve snails with copious amounts of bread so the guests may continue to enjoy the sauce after the chewy little morsel of snail is gone. My first taste of snails was in Germany, they were very good with the local wine, and were called schnecken.
    I was stationed at Incirlik AB, just outside of Adana in 1962/63. The snails in the area would crawl out on the runways at night by the thousands, presumably for warmth. We ruined a lot of escargot on the way to our radar equipment between the runways.

    cheers,

    Papa soji

  4. says

    I did tried snails once long time ago, and for me taste was just like chicken gizzard. But I would never prepare snails myself:) Lovely story!

  5. says

    Sevgili Zerrin, bu bilgilendirici post için teşekkür ederim… Umarım paylaşılarak yayılır. Ülke için de, bu sektörde iş bulup çalışacak olanlar için de gerçekten iyi bir yatırım.
    Sevgiler.

  6. says

    You’ve told us something there. How interesting. I’ve never cooked or eaten snails either – and I don’t like them being in our garden as they eat our plants! :)

  7. says

    lisa- Aren’t they like homeless? They are not wanted in Turkey, but Europe hugs them. The garlic sauce sounds appealing to me too.

    stamatia- Wild food? I love this description. And thank you for suggesting that blog, I will go check it.

    Papa soji- So you know Yamanyilmaz products? That’s great! I’ve never seen them here in my city, and I don’t think they are sold in Turkey. And you worked at Incirlik? So you must know how irresistible Adana kebab is!

    Sandra- Chicken gizzard? Never eaten it, either. But mom II ate snails as a child and she said the same thing about their flavor, she said “they are just like chicken gizzard”.

    dokuzuncubulut- Evet, ülkemizde talep görmüyor olabilir ama ülke ekonomisine önemli katkı sağladığı belli.

    Turkey’s for life- Do they damage your plants? I didn’t know thay they are that dangerous. But they are still lovely and so cute:)

  8. says

    I can’t imagine myself eating snails:) but I should never say never, right? But glad to hear they are contributing to Turkiye’s economy. I didn’t know that. Thanks for posting.

  9. says

    I have never even tried snails before! I think I would be a bit scared. I loved seeing that picture with the flower. Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing with me today. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

  10. says

    What an interesting post! I have eaten great snails and indifferent snails. The indifferent snails were all consumed in French restaurants, and the great snails were cooked in a French street market in a huge paella dish. They were sublime – the stall holder had collected, purged and cooked them. I’m not a huge fan, given the snails I’d eaten until then but these were a delicious revelation.

  11. says

    I ate snails over 20 years ago on a school trip to France. They were served with a garlic butter sauce. We each tasted about three snails and I remember that I liked them. I haven’t had them since and even though I know they are tasty I would find it hard to bring myself to eat them again. But, the way the Adana company prepares them sounds delicious and I can understand they’d be popular.

  12. OysterCulture says

    Interesting that there is no local market for snails and that they are exported, I bet to France. I’ve not cooked with snails, but have eaten them and what is not to love, they had butter and loads of garlic, wiping up every last drop with some delicious bread is a treat.

  13. says

    I have eaten them, and can’t say that they’re particularly tasty … it’s the garlic butter that’s good. And what ISN’T good in garlic butter?? Nothing!

  14. says

    Interesting to know that they are export to places like France but it is not part of the Turkish cuisine. I would love to see hoy are they cook.

    Congratulations for this excellent information.

    Love,

    Mely

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